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Monday, 29 October 2007

1st November - Bank Holiday

November, 1st is a Bank Holiday in Portugal.

It is All Saints day.The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Second Computer Course


Congratulations to the participants of the Second Computer Course run here at the Hotel Garbe by Kahren Dalton of Protech Training.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Computer Training Success

Our winter workshops started last week, with the one day computer training courses run by Kerhen Dalton of Protech Training.

We were delighted to received these comments


  • The computer training was "10 out of 10""

  • previously used books and friends' input, but this was really hands on""useful for clarification""very good"

  • "Kehren is very patient""

  • As somebody who knew nothing - I found the course very interesting"

  • "A good start to build on

  • "10 out of 10 for Lunch and Training Environment"

  • All delegates said they would recommend Protech Training to their friends and colleagues"

The next computer training courses are taking place on 21st and 22nd November - for more information or to book your place, please telephone 282 320260 or e-mail: info@hotelgarbe.com.

Here are some photos from the first course.




















Thursday, 25 October 2007

Coming up in November

Wednesday, 7th November – Workshop
Introduction to Travel Photography This 4-hour course starts at 9am Have you ever wished you knew more about your camera so that you could take better photographs? This course is designed to help you develop your camera skills and techniques to enable you to create images which capture the real mood and atmosphere of your travel destinations.. Bring along your camera, it’s film or digital and enjoy a fresh approach to your photography. Price per person 40 euros

Monday, 12th and Tuesday, 13th November – Workshop
Introduction to Portuguese Wine This course consists of two 4 hour sessions including lunch giving an excellent opportunity to combine the wines with food. Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur this course is for you. All we ask is that you like wine - in moderation of course - and that you want to enjoy learning more about the subject. A team of wine buffs from WineMine, an established local wine company, will guide you through the finer points of Portuguese wines including: A brief history of Portuguese winemaking. Tasting techniques and other tips for enjoying wine. The Portuguese table wines, districts and grapes; Port wine – the Portuguese legacy….Madeira and Moscatel . By the end of the course a total of 16 table wines and ports will be tasted aiding your understanding and enriching your experience. 120 Euros per person. Includes tasting wine, two lunches and a course certificate.

Monday, 12th November – Workshop
Take Better Family Photos This 4-hour course starts at 9am at the Hotel Garbe. 101 Tips, techniques and ideas to help improve your photographs of people. This is a hands-on workshop so bring along your camera, loaded with films/memory cards and fresh batteries. Most importantly of all, bring along your imagination. The 4 hour course is tutored by Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer. Price per person is 40 euros.

Tuesday, 13th and Thursday 15th November, 2007– Workshop
Creative Writing This workshop consists of two half day sessions. Why attend a writing workshop? Ask anyone who enjoys writing and they will tell you that as soon as they see one advertised they have their name down. They are certain in the knowledge that either the person holding the event or someone attending it will share something that will be useful to their skills. Novices will benefit the most and those who come out of sheer curiosity to find out what creative writing is all about come away wondering why they never went before. Being able to express your innermost feelings, emotions and even fantasies in this creative form can open up whole new vistas in anybody’s life. It can be cathartic and soothing to ones innermost being just to be able to write down dreams or memories before they fade away and are lost forever. Join Jenny Grainer on a practical and fun course of creative writing and widen your imaginative skills. Write down the history of your family or try children’s stories – is there a novel in you or some practical articles on a subject you know well? There is a market for all subjects – come and discover yours.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2007 – Seminar 18.00 – 20.30
Body Lightening The Seven Secrets of Successful Slimming that will change your life! Can you imagine how it would feel to have the body you really want? Nobody’s perfect – but do you want to rediscover the original you. Would you like weight control to become second nature?If the answer to any of the above is yes, then come and learn to loose weight from head down – and be amazed Introductory Price. €15

Wednesday, 14th and Thursday, 15th November - Raj at Garbe - Theatre Dinners
The Jefferies English Theatre presents. “A MONTH OF SUNDAYS”A comedy with pathos by Bob Larbey 7 -7.30pm. Only 30 Euros per person to include a three course Indian Dinner with Wine and Coffee. Special rate for overnight accommodation - 24 Euros per person per night sharing twin landview room to include

Thursday, 15th November – Literary Event
-Eça de Queiroz Considered one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century José Maria Eça de Queiroz, or simply Eça de Queiroz as he is better known, was born in 1845 in Póvoa de Varzim, a small fishing town, as the illegitimate son of a prominent magistrate. The Maias, one of his best known novels, was written during his 15 years working as a consul in England, a country he often analysed as fiercely as he did his own. On November 15th 2007, Dr. Ana Luísa Vilela, a lecturer at the University of Évora will be at the Hotel Garbe to unveil the author behind the books. Holding a doctorate in Portuguese Literature and having specialised in Queiroz's work.
This is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to take a closer look at Portugal and its society: looking at the past to understand the present..Ticket Price: 34€ (includes lunch)

19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd November – Workshop
Leisure Painting The workshop consists of four 3 hour sessions. Two of these days will be on the beach painting the unique Portuguese fishing boats. The other two days will be spent painting the scenery on local cliffs, the almond blossom in full flower or other local flora depending upon the season. The course covers the following aspects: - The use of the view finder as a composition helper:- Relation of the basic shapes to the topic: - The use of vertical and horizontal line to determine angles:- Fundamentals of basic drawing; proportions and perspectives: - Initiation to the colour wheel; the theory of colour and exercises: - The importance of shadows; reflected light and reflections: - Values, intensity and use of compliment colours: -- Glazing and washes; soft edges verses hard edges: - How to create harmony: Price per person € 180.00 You may work with any media and provide your own materials. For an additional € 20 you will be supplied with a canvas board, and brushes and acrylics.

Wednesday, 21st November Workshop
Introduction to Travel Photography This 4-hour course starts at 9am. Have you ever wished you knew more about your camera so that you could take better photographs? This course is designed to help you develop your camera skills and techniques to enable you to create images which capture the real mood and atmosphere of your travel destinations.. Bring along your camera, it’s film or digital and enjoy a fresh approach to your photography. Price per person 40 euros

Wednesday, 21st November, 2007 – Workshop
Computer Training Become proficient with e-mails, managing your files & folders, surfing the net and word processing. One Day Course. 4 Hrs Training by MS Master Instructor Lunch included Cost per Person: 90 Euros

Monday, 26th November – Workshop
Take Better Family Photos This 4-hour course starts at 9am at the Hotel Garbe. 101 Tips, techniques and ideas to help improve your photographs of people. This is a hands-on workshop so bring along your camera, loaded with films/memory cards and fresh batteries. Most importantly of all, bring along your imagination. The 4 hour course is tutored by Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer. Price per person is 40 euros.


Saturday, 1st December, 2007 - Annual Christmas Fair
Make sure you visit the Algarve’s best Christmas Craft and Gift Fair More than 50 stand-holders selling a wide selection of crafts, Christmas gifts, clothing, home furnishings, books, , beauty therapy and much, much more. Doors open to the public 11am – 5pm

11.30am and 3.00pm - Christmas Carol Singing with Silves Keep Fit for Charity Club.

11.00am-5.00pm - Don’t miss Santa on the first floor – who will be there to find out what you want for Christmas.

12.30-8.00pm - Indian Curry Buffet - 14 Euros per person Restaurant Por do Sol

10-4pm - Taste of Christmas Bar Snacks include Pasties from the Cornish Range - Bar Boa Vista
Entry Free

Monday, 22 October 2007

What to do in the Algarve - Sailing Kayak Tours

Hobie Pedal/ Sailing Kayak Tours
A Fun Day For Family & Friends
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On The Clear Waters Of The Ria Formosa Natural Nature Park On The Most Stable Kayaks Worldwide. 1 /2 Person Kayaks Available

A Nature Lovers & Bird Watchers Paradise.

The kayak tours take place on the Ria Formosa, a natural park that’s a permanently changing lagoon system approx 60k long,

It consists of sandy islands separated by natural inlets and channels ideal for exploration on our kayaks.

There is an abundance of wildlife both in the air and the waters of the Ria Formosa, as well as the local people going about there daily tasks as they have done for hundreds of years still unchanged.

Click here for more information

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Coming up - Body Lightening


Tuesday 13th November - 18.00 – 20.30

The Seven Secrets of Successful Slimming
that will change your life !


Can you imagine how it would feel to have the body
you really want?

Nobody’s perfect – but do you want to rediscover the original you.

Would you like weight control to become second nature?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, then come
and learn to loose weight from head down – and be amazed!

For more details details or to book now call Jan Russell,
on 937305585 or e-mail me at karmicdoctorahoo.co.uk.

Dr. Jan Russell trained with Paul Mckenna and is a
Master Practitioner in NLP. She is a partner in
Insight Life and Business Solutions

Introductory Price. €15

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Learn Bridge at the Hotel Garbe

– New Classes –

New Beginners and Improvers classes starting mid- November with FINOLA GIBSON.
You can learn every step of the way from opening bids, to strip and end plays:-

· Opening bids, suit bids, response and no trump bids.
· Competition and the reasons and ways behind it.
· Big hand bidding
· Patterns of play including how tricks are won, the finesse, establishing a long suit, when to pull and delay trumps.
· Defensive and advanced play.
Plus much more.…..….

BEGINNERS BRIDGE
Every WEDNESDAY - 2.00.Pm

IMPROVERS BRIDGE
Every FRIDAY - 2.00 pm


For more information please contact Finola Gibson
on telephone 282 312873 – ( answer machine leave message)
or finola@sapo.pt

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

FREEMASONS AID ONCOLOGY UNIT - FARO

Contributed


On Monday 8th October the Worshipful Master Eddy de Bie and Brother John Gilbert from The Lodge of Discoveries No.9409 of the English Freemasons in the Algarve had the pleasure of handing over a cheque for 2.000€ to the Representative of the “Associação Oncológica do Algarve” (AOA), Sra. Maria de Lurdes Pereira at the Hotel Garbe in Armacão de Pera.

As is customary within Freemasonry the Worshipful Master chooses a charity to which he wishes to donate funds. Which, with the help of the Brethren and their Ladies is raised through various events organized during his year in office, i.e. B:B:Q, Lunches and the high light of the year, the Ladies Night held at the Hotel Garbe, which went with a bang thanks to the professionalism of the Management and Staff.

The Worshipful Master Eddy de Bie chose to support the Cancer Research Unit in Faro as the charity for his year in office. The AOA is currently building a hostel in Faro, near the Radiotherapy Unit, where patients coming from different parts of the region may stay whilst undergoing radiotherapy treatment, therefore this cheque will be put to good use supporting this project.

Without the help and support of his fellow Masons he could not have achieved raising this sum of money and he wishes to thank all and everyone for their combined efforts. Sra. Maria de Lurdes Pereira expressed her admiration for the charitable work that the English Freemasons in the Algarve are currently engaged in and gave heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Associação Oncológica do Algarve for this wonderful donation and assured that it will be faithfully applied by the AOA.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Thank you for your feedback

Sent: domingo, 7 de Outubro de 2007 17:08
To:
mail@hotelgarbe.com
Subject: Mr & Mrs Roberts Visit

Both my wife and I wanted to send a note to express our sincerest thanks for making our first holiday together in 5 years such a wonderful experience.

Your hotel was recommended by a colleague at my wife's company and it was a holiday we were so looking forward to.

The location was perfect, our room (303) had a balcony where we could look over the pool and ocean, you provided a refrigerator no sooner than we had requested and the service from the maid through to the bar, restaurant and reception was always accommodating and attentive.

The choice of food at breakfast and dinner was excellent with service being first class.

We enjoyed the experience so much we will be booking again this coming week and hope to be back in May joining many of your other guest's who, like us, have found the Garbe to be everything you would want in a holiday.

We look forward to our next visit.

Regards

John & Jane Roberts
Guest's from 27th September 07 thru 4th October 07

Monday, 8 October 2007

Theatre Dinner - 14th and 15th November, 2007

THE JEFFERIES ENGLISH THEATRE
Presents
“A MONTH OF SUNDAYS”
A comedy with pathos by Bob Larbey

7.00 pm
Only 30,00 Euros per person
3 Course Indian Dinner with Wine and Coffee
Don’t miss it book now.


DIRECTED BY SUZANNE JEFFERIES
with
Suzanne Jefferies
Victor Graham
John Griffiths
Diane Cantilon Ings
Patricia Nascimento
Jack Towers

Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November 2007

Phone Vicki at Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra
Tel.282 320260 Fax: 282 315087
E-Mail hotelgarbe@mail.telepac.pt Web:-www.hotel garbe.com

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Literary Event - Thursday, 15th November, 2007


Eça de Queiroz

Considered one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century José Maria Eça de Queiroz, or simply Eça de Queiroz as he is better known, was born in 1845 in Póvoa de Varzim, a small fishing town, as the illegitimate son of a prominent magistrate.
Author of several novels, most translated into English, Eça published great works of literature, some of which would not go into print until after his death in 1900. Among others The Maias, one of his best known novels, was written during his 15 years working as a consul in England, a country he often analysed as fiercely as he did his own.

A great observer and a critic, Eça’s writing is stylish but not heavy. With a great dosage of humour and a pinch of cynicism, his novels and texts are far from belonging in the past. While reading his work one realises, almost shockingly, that the past is still happening today.


Find out more

On November 15th 2007, Dr. Ana Luísa Vilela, a lecturer at the University of Évora will be at the Hotel Garbe to unveil the author behind the books. Holding a doctorate in Portuguese Literature and having specialised in Queiroz's work, Dr. Ana Vilela has published various articles about this author in Portugal and abroad.

This is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to take a closer look at Portugal and its society: looking at the past to understand the present. For those of you who are already familiar with Eça’s works – and many books have been sold here in the Algarve – this is an excellent opportunity to learn a bit more.


Times as follows:

10.30am: Introduction and documentary about Eça de Queiroz
12.30pm: Lunch
2pm: Talk about Eça's life and work followed by time for discussion and questions.


Ticket Price: 34€ (includes lunch) - available from Magna Carta Bookshop
Tel. 282 496 001
**Booking in advance is necessary.
Please book your place at the event by 5th November.**

Friday, 5 October 2007

Play Bridge at the Hotel Garbe

The 2007/08 season for the Hotel Garbe Bridge Club has commenced.

The Club meets every Saturday at 2.00pm in the Chelb room in the Hotel Garbe in Armacao de Pera.

At 27 years old, it is the oldest Bridge Club in the Algarve.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information pleased telephone Finola Gibson on 282 312873

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Bank Holiday - 5th October, 2007

5th October in Portugal is known as "Implantation of the Republic" (Implantação da República).

It commemorates the proclamation of the Portuguese First Republic on 5th October, 1910.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Middle Eastern Dancing

The popular Middle Eastern (Bellydance) Dancing classes have resumed in the Raj at the Garbe after the summer break. New students are already enrolling for the beginner’s level class which is held on alternate Monday afternoons from 2-4 p.m.

If you have always fancied yourself swirling chiffon veils why not come along and have a go or surprise someone you know would love to take part and book a session for them. It could be a fabulous idea for a present.

Intermediate level classes are continuing on alternate Saturday mornings as before from 10-12. Pupils with some experience in dance are welcome to join in.


A new beginner’s level class might be in the pipeline to follow the Saturday session.

If you are interested please contact Jeanette on 286512679.

Private lessons can also be arranged.


Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Car Hire - November, 2007 - March, 2007

We work with Cordial Car company here in the Hotel - please see below their rates for our guests for next winter.

November, 2007 to March 2008

7 DAYS
Group B - FIAT PANDA 5 doors €.90,00
Group C - FIAT PUNTO HYNDAY ATOS €.100,00
Group D - FIAT PUNTO RENAULT CLIO €.110,00
Group E - FIAT PALIO S/WAGON RENAULT CLIO €.150,00

The prices above include: Unlimited Mileage, Fully comprehensive Insurance and VAT

Extras:
Baby Seat – €:15.00 – 7 days
Additional Driver – €:12,50 – 7 days
AIRPORT TAX – deliver and return - – €:30,00 – 7 days
P.A.I. (personal accident insurance) – €: 3,00 per day

For more information or to book your car please send e-mail to cordialcar@sapo.pt or see http://www.cordialcar.com/.

Monday, 1 October 2007

What's On - October, 2007

Bar Boa Vista - 9.00pm


Monday, 1st October - Folklore Dancers - 10.00pm

Tuesday, 2nd October - Arte Viva - music for dancing

Wednesday, 3rd October - João Caracol - music for dancing

Thursday, 4th October - Ilze – singer

Friday, 5th October - Xico - guitar

Saturday, 6th October - Sandra & Jorge- music for dancing

Sunday, 7th October - Presumed Innocent - dancers - 9.45pm

Monday, 8th October - Nuno - Resident Organist

Tuesday, 9th October - Arte Viva - music for dancing

Wednesday, 10th October - João Caracol - music for dancing

Thursday 11th October - The Kotland Trio – music for dancing

Friday, 12th October - Xico - guitar

Saturday, 13th October - Sandra & Jorge- music for dancing

Sunday, 14th October - Carlos pontes - music for dancing

Monday, 15th October - Folklore Dancers - 10.00pm

Tuesday, 16th October - Arte Viva - music for dancing

Wednesday, 17th October -João Caracol-music for dancing

Thursday, 18th October - Ilze - singer

Friday, 19th October - Xico - guitar

Saturday, 20th October - Sandra & Jorge- music for dancing

Sunday, 21st October - Presumed Innocent- dancers -9.45pm

Monday, 22nd October - Nuno - Resident Organist

Tuesday, 23rd October - Arte Viva - music for dancing

Wednesday, 24th October -João Caracol-music for dancing

Thursday 25th October - The Kotland Trio - music for dancing

Friday, 26th October - Xico – Guitar

Saturday, 27th October - Sandra & Jorge- music for dancing

Sunday, 28th October - Carlos Pontes - music for dancing

Monday, 29th October - Folklore Dancers - 10.00pm

Tuesday, 30th October - Arte Viva - music for dancing

Wednesday, 31st October - João Caracol - music for dancing

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Happy Hour every day with Nuno - Resident Organist – from 6.00 to 8.00pm


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Weekly

Monday –9.30am - Pilates - Advanced Class – Chelb room

Monday –11.00am - Pilates – Beginners Class – Chelb room

Wednesday - 6.00pm - Silver Exhibition - reception area

Thursday - 6.00pm - Pearl Exhibition - reception area

Friday – 9.30am - Pilates - Advanced Class - Chelb room

Friday – 11.00am - Pilates - Beginners Class - Chelb room

Friday – 7.30pm – Duplicate Bridge - Chelb room

Saturday – 2.00pm – Social Bridge - Chelb room

Sunday - 6.00pm - Silver Exhibition - reception area

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Fortnightly

Saturday – 10.00am- 12.00pm - Middle Eastern Advanced Dancing Classes ( 6th & 20th October)

Monday – 2.00pm- 4.00pm - Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing classes (1st,15th & 29th October)

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Monthly

First Thursday - 10.30pm - 12.30pm Writing Circle ( 4th October)


The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice.